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Rapid response to:


Healthy masculinities and the wellbeing of young men and boys

BMJ 2023; 380 doi: (Published 23 February 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;380:p385

Rapid Response:

Re: Healthy masculinities and the wellbeing of young men and boys

Dear Editor

This editorial may share common cause with some of the issues raised in relation to gender anxieties and demand for gender change interventions during adolescence. It may be relevant to consider how gender is incorporated into health education across childhood to include the spectrum of mental health needs of adolescents of both biological sexes and the range of recognised genders.

While there remain assumptions about the curriculum for sex and relationship teaching around pregnancy and parenthood being targetted at young women with reducing teenage pregnancy for joint teaching sessions, the mental health needs of young men who hope and expect to be parents are underestimated. Encouraging the self image of boys and young men that respects fatherhood instead of manhood in its Andrew Tate version and the equivalent shared learning for all genders might encourage a more positive approach to some of the challenges for young people and their parents and healthcare providers.

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 March 2023
Una MacFadyen
Retired paediatrician